Monday, March 27, 2006

i've started but...

well, i've started susan's mountain stream scarf in some knitpicks alpaca cloud in midnight (which is a bluish black). it's about my 4th attempt at the pattern and it's not susan's fault. i just can't decide which size needle i want to use. i've tried the 4 mm but thought that i wanted the knit to be a little tighter; so tried the 3.75 mm (in denise, silverado, plastic, bamboo circulars, straights and anything else i could find) but think that the scarf will now be too narrow. sigh! this is the first time i've knit with alpaca and i can't get use to the unboinginess of the yarn. will this yarn block out like wool or should i cut my losses and try again with some merino?

susan, i know you mentioned that you were going to rechart this with a wider center panel. oh, please do! i still want to eventually use the alpaca with my 3.75 mm needles.


At 7:28 AM, Blogger Sarah said...

The lavendar scarf below was knit from Misti Alpaca.

It blocked really nice but appeared quite small pre-blocking.

Good luck with a dark color!

At 7:57 AM, Blogger marie in florida said...

thanks for the new word. it SO applies to the silk i'm using for another scarf i'm making. "unboinginess" totally

At 3:55 PM, Anonymous susan said...

Hi Adrienne,
I wasn't actually going to re-chart this same center panel, I was planning to chart out a completely different center panel. I predict your scarf will be a lot wider than you think after you block it. But, if you decide to make this panel wider by working extra repeats of the pattern, you'll also have to figure out how much longer to knit the bottom border because you'll have to pick up more stitches along the bottom border. And, don't forget that it must be a multiple of 8 because the border is 16 rows. I guess what I'm trying to say is, although the scarf looks simple, it took me a LONG time to figure this out.


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